Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Juniper Sedge
Carex juniperorum
Family: Cyperaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G3
State Rank: S1S2

Clayey soils over crumbling limestone or shale in open to partially open areas associated with glades or shale barrens.

Species Description:
Perennial sedge.

Flowering Period: Early April to late May.
Fruiting Period: Early May to late June.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This sedge, in the section Phyllostachyae, is a small clumped sedge occurring in glade and barrens habitat, most commonly on soils with a shale component. The leaves are 2-4 mm wide. All the pistillate scales are lacking a hyaline margin and the beak is generally 1-2 mm long. Pistillate and staminate spikes are on the same plant.

Woody plant invasion must be controlled using periodic prescribed fire, mowing or other means.
Timber removal may be beneficial. Hand removal of trees in the vicinity is needed to maintain the open character of the habitat for this species. Disturbance of surrounding areas such as ATV trails or extensive timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species.

Global Range:
Known from a region in eastern Kentucky and adjacent southern Ohio as well as disjunct localities near Ottawa, Ontario, and in southwestern Virginia.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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